Asheville and Western NC in WW2
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
W out War Ilserved as a raline call in Ashevile and
Western North Carolina, putting the citizens back to work. Asheville's two strongest economic sectors, tourism and medicine; its beautiful isolation; and advanced hospitals served the nation's needs during the Second World War. The United States secreted German and Japanese businessmen, federal agencies, and valuable art in these mountains, and recuperating soldiers found solace in the camps and inns. Meanwhile our citizens_-black and white men, women, and children- offered themselves up for service. Images of America: Asheville and Western North Carolina in World War II tells their stories, from Pearl Harbor's bombing to the study of the long term effects of radiation on the Japanese, from the far Pacific to stateside
support groups and local sacrifices.
Reid Chapman is a lecturer in education at the University
of North Carolina at Asheville, and Deborah Miles is the executive director of the Center for Diversity Education.
This book, a companion to an exhibit created by the Center for Diversity Education on World War II in Western North Carolina, draws from nearly 200 interviews and well over 700 photographs and documents.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.